Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS380

Incident date

January 12, 2016

Location

سرمدا, Sarmada, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

36.18553, 36.72231 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

26 civilians including seven children and two to three women were killed – and up to 100 others injured – in airstrikes on Sarmada according to multiple sources.

Shaam News reported on three incidents on Idlib on the same day (Maarat Al Numan, Saraqib, Sarmada), and said 13 non-combatants were killed and dozens injured in two strikes by Russian warplanes in Sarmada.

Al Hall said Russian planes bombed the town with high-explosive rockets, killing 20 civilians (including women and children) and wounding dozens more, who were transferred to Turkish hospitals.

Al Khaleej put the death toll higher at 25 with nearly 100 wounded, many critically. Al Jazeera also blamed Russia (putting the number killed at 15), but the White Helmets only referred to attacks being carried out by “warplanes” and did not say who they belonged to. They said 27 civilians were killed, with 52 wounded.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights published several brief reports in which it at first said the Assad regime was responsible for killing up to 22 including seven children and three women. But in a detailed later report it stated that Russian warplanes had killed 25 people (including five children and three women) in Sarmada.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (2)

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    26
  • (7 children2–3 women16 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    24–100
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (17) [ collapse]

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    An injured civilian is rescued from the rubble by the White Helmets. (via, Asi News Agency)
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    A civilian being pulled out of the remains of his car. (via, Salah Fojo)
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    Mohammad Abdul Salam Naser, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 12th January 2016. (via, VDC)
  • Mohammad Abdul Salam Naser, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 12th January 2016. (via, VDC)
  • Hasan Mohammad Sadeq Dwaider, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 12th January 2016. (via, VDC)
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    Abo Hanan al-Nahhab, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 12th January 2016. (via, VDC)
  • Abdul Rahman Waleed Abo Ras, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 12th January 2016. (via, VDC)
  • Hanaa Waleed Abo Ras, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 12th January 2016. (via, VDC)
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    Mohammad al-Hsain al-Sahl, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 12th January 2016. (via, VDC)
  • Ayleen Hasan Mohammad Sadeq Dwaider, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 12th January 2016. (via, VDC)
  • White Helmets rescue civilian casualties and begin to clear up the rubble after an alleged Russian airstrike. (via, SNN)
  • An image showing damage to civilian homes. (via, SNN)
  • Footage highlight the destruction to the civilians homes. (via, Salah Fojo)
  • White Helmets arriving at the scene in the aftermath of the incident. (via, The White Helmets)
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    An injured man pulled out from under some rubble. (via, Salah Fojo)
  • Footage showing the aftermath of the alleged Russian raid. (via, Salah Fojo)
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    Dozens of men work on rescuing a seriously injured man who is trapped under the rubble following an alleged Russian airstrike. (via, The White Helmets)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any strikes between 11-15 January.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    26
  • (7 children2–3 women16 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    24–100
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (27) [ collapse]